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UC, PIP, part-time study and work capability assessment

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Commanded2bwell
Commanded2bwell Community member Posts: 79 Courageous
edited September 2023 in Universal Credit (UC)
I've read that it's possible to claim UC while a student so long as you're studying part-time and that you meet certain requirements, which include receiving PIP (which I do). Is this still the case? I just wanted to check because not all the advice you read online was published recently (some of it appears to be ten years old).

I may be studying part-time from January. I currently receive UC and PIP and so, because of these factors, I presume I would be fine to begin study in January without first hearing the result of my work capability assessment?

I sent my UC50 form a week ago and assume I'll get at least LCW, if not LCWRA. If assessed for either of these, I think I understand correctly that I would have no problem being a student. Is it likely that I'll have the result of the assessment before January?

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  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,081 Scope online community team
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    Heya @Commanded2bwell, cracking to hear you're looking into doing more learning! What're you looking at studying?

    As far as UC goes, you can claim but they will take into account anything such as student loans as it's means tested. As long as you meet the other eligibility terms, you should be fine.

     I hope you will have had your LCW assessment before then. It's taken 6 weeks for me to get my appointment date through, so fingers crossed for you! 
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  • Crazyone
    Crazyone Scope Member Posts: 17 Courageous
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    Not to be a party pooper but my UC50 was received back by them on the 11th July (12 weeks tomorrow) and still no assessment date or news.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,151 Disability Gamechanger
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    Crazyone said:
    Not to be a party pooper but my UC50 was received back by them on the 11th July (12 weeks tomorrow) and still no assessment date or news.

    Backlogs are longer in some areas.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Crazyone
    Crazyone Scope Member Posts: 17 Courageous
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    Crazyone said:
    Not to be a party pooper but my UC50 was received back by them on the 11th July (12 weeks tomorrow) and still no assessment date or news.

    Backlogs are longer in some areas.
    Yep, I appear to be in an area where the backlog must be absolutely huge.

    I'm trying to be patient as I knew about the potential backlogs and had settled in for a wait but it is becoming a little more difficult as time goes on and I see others who started their process weeks after me not only receiving an assessment date but actually having one and receiving the result.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,151 Disability Gamechanger
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    Crazyone said:
    Crazyone said:
    Not to be a party pooper but my UC50 was received back by them on the 11th July (12 weeks tomorrow) and still no assessment date or news.

    Backlogs are longer in some areas.
    Yep, I appear to be in an area where the backlog must be absolutely huge.

    I'm trying to be patient as I knew about the potential backlogs and had settled in for a wait but it is becoming a little more difficult as time goes on and I see others who started their process weeks after me not only receiving an assessment date but actually having one and receiving the result.

    Unfortunately, that's the way it is when claiming benefits such as this and disability benefits. There's really no timescales, backlogs and each individual case will be different for everyone.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.

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